There is a new classic in the making at Nintendo, and if a recent trademark filing at the European patent office is to be believed, it is going to be the N64 coming our way next.
As has emerged off late, among the series of trademark filings made at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, there is one that bears an uncanny resemblance with the N64 controller. This again has led gaming experts to predict the next big thing coming from Nintendo will be the N64 Classic.
While that sure seems to have the highest probability at the moment, a deviation from that can’t be ruled out entirely. Though less likely but maybe Nintendo could be planning to introduce an N64 like controller for the new Switch console and such. After all, Nintendo is yet to make any formal announcement on any of this.
Then again, trademark filings can never be a sure shot sign of things to come. Companies regularly patent their latest findings though it is just about a fraction of those that ever make it to the market as an actual commercial product.
However, those who believe there is a firm link between the filing of the patent and the rumors of the upcoming N64 Classic will like to point out fall is the season when Nintendo launches a new Classic edition console. They did it last time when the NES Classic Edition was launched and intend to follow that up with the SNES Classic this year. Under the circumstances, the N64 can’t entirely be ruled out.
Meanwhile, the other 2D line drawing submitted at the patent office – four in all – were for the NES and SNES controllers as well as consoles. They all are pretty much familiar to us and aren’t as intriguing as the N64 controller has proved to be. It now remains to be seen how Nintendo follows up the patent filings – whether there is going to be really a product based on that commercially launched anytime soon or it was just a move to save itself against potential patent adversity.